The Grand Mercure Oakridge lived up to all the publicity we had read about it. Only a couple of ks out of Wanaka (so you do need a car), the resort has every amenity you need. We went with friends and shared a two bdrm apartment, each with its own bathroom, and despite the very cold weather, the unit was beautifully warm and had stunning mountain views. The pool complex is amazing, and even if the 'heated' pool wasn't all that hot, the spa pools made up for it. The staff were friendly, service couldn't be faulted, Yes, I'd go back again anytime - possibly in autumn to catch the beautiful colours
Everything's great, just the location far from town. If you have a car, its not a problem. Fantastic Views and Super comfotable bed with electric Blankets and in-room heaters.
The only issue is that the hot pool is not exactly hot, but warm so we didnt try as it was the starting of winter and there was only 1 pool in working condition.
One reason why I selected here is because of the hot pools... but everything else is great. So no complaints.